Holy Week at the Cathedral | April 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

           In telephone conversations I’ve had with many of you these past days, a recurring theme I’ve picked up on time and again has been the pain--the deep sadness--you are feeling at the thought of not being able to celebrate Holy Week and the Easter Triduum with the parish community in the Cathedral this year. Any way you look at it, God is asking a great deal of us, but it’s well to recall that by staying home right now, we really are serving our brothers and sisters, hard as it is to realize that sometimes. And I have to remind myself, too, that our sadness is small when compared to that of people who have been stricken by the Coronavirus and of those who are on the front lines dealing with its victims.

           And we are making every effort – and exercising every bit of imagination we can muster! – to come up with ways for us to gather virtually as a community to celebrate these holiest days of the Church’s year. If we do this right -- and with your full and conscious participation, I’m convinced we will -- these will be days for us to deepen our faith and also to deepen the bonds that unite us as a community of believers. I really believe that.

           Below, you will find links to the complete schedule of all the Holy Week liturgies we will be livestreaming from the Cathedral, as well as resources for praying at home as a family or as individuals.

           This Sunday, Palm Sunday, we will be reminded, in the reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, to put on the mind of Jesus Christ, “who humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” Holy Week is the privileged time – the perfect time – for us to do just that. I am prayerfully hopeful that, through the wonders of modern technology, we will experience in a new and powerful way the even greater wonder of the sacred Mysteries that are at the heart of our Christian faith!

Father Ryan

Livestream Palm Sunday Mass this Sunday, April 5 at 10:30am with Father Ryan
This Sunday, Father Ryan will celebrate Mass at 10:30am (note time!), which will be livestreamed on the Cathedral's Vimeo and Facebook pages. We will also livestream Sunday Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4:00pm.

Daily Livestream Mass with Archbishop Etienne
Mass with Archbishop Etienne is being livestreamed every day at 8:30am. You can tune in at the Archdiocese of Seattle's Vimeo page or via Facebook .
Holy Week Liturgy Schedule and Links
We will be livestreaming the liturgies of Holy Week from the Cathedral. Some liturgies will be livestreamed for the whole Archdiocese of Seattle. Be sure to bookmark the link below so you can be ready to join the livestream in the coming Holy Days. You'll also find worship aids to help you participate fully and actively from home!

A message from Archbishop Etienne
A message from Archbishop Etienne to the people of the Archdiocese, Wednesday, April 1
Candlelight Prayer this Friday at 6:30pm
We cannot offer our monthly ecumenical contemplative prayer with music from Taize this Friday. Instead, guitarist Mark Hilliard Wilson will offer a thirty-minute candlelight livestream musical prayer as a gift to the parish. Tune in live Friday, April 3 at 6:30pm.

A Poem a Week
Cathedral parishioners Scott Webster and Corinna Laughlin are offering a "poem a week" while we are all at home during the pandemic. This week, they explore "Enclosure" by Jessica Powers (Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit, ocd).
In case you missed it
Watch the livestream of Mass on Sunday, March 29, the Fifth Sunday of Lent!

Helping the hungry and homeless
Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services (CCS/CHS) are inviting St. James Cathedral parishioners to help with meals for those in need.
CCS/CHS now supports a just-opened 30-bed women’s shelter in Burien and a Federal Way drop-in center that welcomes 75 people each day. Both programs need hot casseroles, although sandwiches are also accepted. Contact a restaurant to deliver food or provide food yourself.
Meals are urgently needed for this Friday, April 3! If you are comfortable with preparing and delivering food during this health crisis, please coordinate with Patrick Barredo ( pbarredo@stjames-cathedral.org ).
The St. Martin de Porres men’s shelter needs volunteers to prepare meals in their kitchen. If you’re interested, contact Jeff Cathey, the Operations Supervisor at St. Martin de Porres (206.323.6341 or jefferyc@ccsww.org ).
As more meals are brought to CCS/CHS, they will need to be delivered. If you can help transport food, contact CCS Network Builder Erin Maguire ( ErinMa@ccsww.org ).
These are difficult times we live in. Any meal support you can provide for those experiencing homelessness is greatly appreciated. However, please do observe our state’s directive to stay in your home, especially if you or anyone in your household is in a high-risk group.

Prayer to Our Lady of Seattle

At the moment, the Cathedral remains open for prayer from 8:00am-Noon daily. Because most of us cannot physically be at the Cathedral, we have created a page to submit your prayer intentions online. These intentions will be placed at the foot of the image of Our Lady of Seattle in the Cathedral Chapel. A candle will also be lit at the shrine. Please join in praying for all the intentions of our parish community, especially those who are sick.

St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104